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Tuesday, January 23, 2024

DAILY GK 19-20 JAN

 DAILY GK 19-20 JAN 

1.         INDIAN-THAI NAVY’S BILATERAL EXERCISE “EX-AYUTTHAYA”

·           The Indian Navy (IN) and Royal Thai Navy (RTN) conducted a maiden bilateral exercise, named ‘Ex-Ayutthaya’ 

·           The 36th edition of India-Thailand Coordinated Patrol (Indo-Thai CORPAT) was also conducted along with the Exercise Ayutthaya.

·           The word ‘Ayutthaya’ translates to ‘The Invincible One’ or ‘Undefeatable’,

·           The exercise is named symbolises two of the oldest cities – Ayodhya (Uttar Pradesh) in India and Ayutthaya in Thailand.

·           This is in line with India’s vision of Security And Growth for All in the Region (SAGAR).

 

2.         NHAI LAUNCHES ‘ONE VEHICLE ONE FASTAG’ INITIATIVE

·           The National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) launched the ‘One Vehicle, One FASTag’ initiative to discourage user behavior of using a single FASTag for multiple vehicles or linking multiple FASTags to a particular vehicle.

·           Under the new initiative, FASTag users must discard all the earlier issued FASTags through their respective banks.

·           Only the latest FASTag account shall remain active, as previous tags will be deactivated or blacklisted after January 31, 2024, even though they have a valid balance.

·           FASTag is an electronic toll collection system, operated by NHAI.

·           It uses Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) technology that provides users with a smooth and effortless cross-over at toll plazas without waiting or halting.

 

3.         INDIA’S FIRST NATIONAL HIGHWAY STEEL SLAG ROAD SECTION

·           Dr. V.K. Saraswat, Member (S&T), NITI Aayog (National Institution for Transforming India), inaugurated India’s 1st National Highway Steel Slag Road section on National Highway(NH)-66 connecting Mumbai-Goa.

·           The road was constructed by Mumbai (Maharashtra) based JSW Steel, under the guidance of New Delhi (Delhi) based Council of Scientific & Industrial Research (CSIR) – Central Road Research Institute (CRRI).

 

4.         BEST FIFA FOOTBALL AWARDS 2023

·           The Best FIFA (International Federation of Association Football) Football Awards ceremony 2023 was held in London (United Kingdom)

·           Lionel Messi (Argentina) won the Best FIFA Men’s Player 2023 Award, while Aitana Bonmati (Spain) won the Best FIFA Women’s Player 2023 Award.

·           Marta(Brazil)has been awarded the FIFA Special Award for her outstanding career achievements.

·           Guilherme Madruga(Brazil)has won the FIFA Puskás Award 2023 for his astonishing overhead kick.

·           FIFA President – Gianni Vincenzo Infantino

·           Headquarters– Zürich, Switzerland

 

5.         NEW KING OF DENMARK

·           Frederik André Henrik Christian (Frederik X) (55 years)Crown Prince of Denmarkwas proclaimed as the new king of Denmark by it’s Prime Minister (PM) Mette Frederiksen.

·           King Frederik X takes throne after the abdication of his mother Queen Margrethe II at Christiansborg Palace on 14 January 2024.

·           Queen Margrethe II has become Denmark’s first monarch to abdicate the throne in nearly 900 years.

·           Denmark:Capital – Copenhagen

·           Currency – Danish Krone

 

6.         Description: https://affairscloud.com/assets/plugins/wccp-pro/images/transparent.gifINDIA METEOROLOGICAL DEPARTMENT’S 150TH FOUNDATION DAY – 15TH JANUARY 2024 

·           India Meteorological Department (IMD), under the Ministry of Earth Sciences (MoES), celebrated its 150th Foundation Day commemorating 150 years of its establishment and service to the nation.

·           Theme song of IMD,  “Sarvajan Hitay Sarvajan Sukhay” i.e. “Commitment to work for the Welfare of All” was also released

·           IMD Headquarters– Delhi

 

7.         GLOBAL FIREPOWER’S 2024 MILITARY STRENGTH RANKING

·           According to the 2024 Military Strength Ranking released by Global Firepower(GFP), India is ranked as the 4th most powerful military in the world.

·           The United States of America (USA) tops the list followed by Russia and China in the 2nd and 3rd place respectively.

·           The Military Strength Ranking of GFP evaluates the military capabilities based on over 60 factors like manpower, equipment, natural resources, finances, and geography across land, sea, and air.

 

8.         CHAIRMAN OF EMPLOYEE SELECTION BOARD

·           The Government of MP has appointed Sanjay Bandopadhyay, a 1988-batch IAS officer of MP cadre, as chairman of the MP Employees Selection Board (MPESB) (earlier known as Vyapam). 

·           The Appointment Committee of Cabinet (ACC) has also approved the repatriation of Sanjay Bandopadhyay, Chairman of IWAI, to his parent cadre.

 

9.         PRESIDENT OF GUATEMALA

·           César Bernardo Arévalo de León, an anti-corruption leader, was sworn in as President of Guatemala.

·           He is the leader of the social democratic Movimiento Semilla Party.

·           Bernardo Arévalo succeeded Alejandro Giammattei, a leader of the right-wing party Vamos.

·           Guatemala is a Central American country, south of Mexico.

·           Capital – Guatemala City

·           Currency – Guatemalan Quetzal

 

10.      NATIONAL DISASTER RESPONSE FORCE RAISING DAY -19 JANUARY

·           National Disaster Response Force (NDRFRaising Day is annually observed across India on 19 January to commemorate the establishment of the NDRF, a distinguished, unique Force across India functioning under the Ministry of Home Affairs.

·           NDRF Director-General– Atul Karwal

·           Headquarters– New Delhi, Delhi

·           Motto– Sustained Disaster Response Service

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